Daily Archives: 2018-12-28

ICA has a budget of over SGD1 billion in 2018, $200 million more than 2017. But they’re still understaffed?

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is struggling with a shortage of manpower, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Thursday amidst growing complaints about the horrendous traffic situation at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints. The minister noted that ICA, as well as many other sectors in Singapore, is facing a labour shortage, especially in jobs where only …

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Netizens question stricter punishment to be imposed on security guards from 1 Jan

Starting from 1st January, private security officers who slack off, sleep on the job or sign in to work drunk can face harsher punishment as the police strengthen penalties for errant behaviours to augment the industry’s professionalism and fortify Singapore’s defences. Officers who show errant attitude can be “punished by a fine not exceeding $2, 000 or imprisonment for a …

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ST accused of deliberate misreporting regarding purported settlement between IPIC and 1MDB

The Straits Times was accused of deliberate misreporting regarding what it calls a “so-called settlement” between controversial state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and Abu Dhabi’s state-owned International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) over two separate bond offerings arranged and underwritten by global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs International six years ago worth US$3.5 bil in total. Veteran business journalist P. Gunasegaran …

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Bill on deliberate online falsehoods to be tabled possibly by the first half of next year, says Senior Minister Edwin Tong as the prospect of GE2019 looms

Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong has hinted at the tabling of a Bill aimed at curbing the spread of deliberate online falsehoods in the coming months after numerous consultations and debates among legislators and members of the public surrounding the potential anti-“fake news” laws. Mr Tong’s revelation came not long after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had …

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